West Ham United want Serie A striker Giovanni Simeone on loan but Cagliari are expected to reject an opening bid from the Premier League outfit, as reported by Calciomercato.
If the Hammers really are determined to be linked with every single striker in European football, they are certainly going the right way about it.
It is five months now since Sebastien Haller brought a premature end to his difficult, 18-month spell at the London Stadium, returning to the calmer waters of Eredivisie football.
Since then, David Moyes’ Champions League-botherers have been linked with centre-forwards far and wide, big and small, prolific and profligate.
And, after missing out on Patson Daka to Leicester City, West Ham appear to have turned their attention to the hard-running son of Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone.
Could Giovanni Simeone be the answer to West Ham’s striker problems?
An aggressive and athletic number nine rather than a tough-tackling midfield general, Simeone Jr recently admitted that he would be keen to try his hand in the Premier League should the opportunity arise.
“I always told my old man that the best football now is English football. I also think it’s a football where I could really make the most of my qualities,” Simeone told the Guardian.
“It’s very attractive, a place I’d like to try. Maybe I’d fit in.”
The 25-year-old Argentine international may soon be handed the chance to back up those claims.
Calciomercato reports that West Ham have offered £850,000 to sign Simeone on loan, with an option to buy the former Fiorentina and Genoa youngster on a permanent basis should he impress in England.
A Cagliari side who narrowly avoided relegation to Serie B last month will reject that approach out of hand, however, holding out for a bigger bid for a man who set them back £14 million.
Simeone scored just six times in 33 games last term.
Interestingly, Cagliari’s president claimed back in September, during the final few days of the summer transfer window, that Leeds had come calling for both Simeone and Uruguayan midfielder Nahitan Nandez.
Could Leeds come calling again?